Construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in New York City. Workers engage in hard physical labor under hazardous conditions, often making use of pieces of heavy machinery like cranes and bulldozers. Safe use of this type of machinery can greatly reduce the risk of an accident, but far too many construction sites fail to abide by safety protocol. In some cases, this type of negligence can lead to serious accidents. Those involving heavy machinery have the potential to cause some of the most severe, and even fatal, injuries.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a construction accident involving a crane, we understand the troubles you’re facing. You may be saddled with unmanageable medical expenses, find yourself unable to return to work, and have anxiety about your ability to work in the future. If the accident was fatal, your family may be stressed with funeral and burial expenses along with grieving for your loved one.
While the grief may never go away, you can find justice for your loved one. When an accident is caused by the negligence of a third party (someone other than a coworker or employer), the victim and their family may seek accountability and financial support by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
How Common Are Crane Accidents?
Cranes are some of the most common pieces of heavy machinery involved in fatal construction accidents. According to research by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there is an average of 71 fatalities per year in accidents involving cranes. Although these accidents may be common, that doesn’t mean they need to be. Construction site managers have a duty to make sure their workers are properly trained and that their machinery is regularly inspected and maintained for safe use.
Major causes of crane accidents include:
- Boom or crane contact with energized power lines (nearly 45% of accidents)
- Under the hook lifting device
- Overturned cranes
- Dropped loads
- Boom collapse
- Crushing by counterweight
- Outrigger use
- Rigging failures
How Can Negligence Cause An Accident?
Most crane accidents can be traced back to some form of negligence, including:
- Cranes that are not properly maintained nor regularly inspected for safe use
- Crane operators who are unqualified to operate the equipment safely
- Operator qualifications required may not provide adequate guidance to employers and managers
- Defective equipment, in which case a manufacturer may be held liable
Determining if and how negligence contributed to your accident requires a careful overview of evidence by an experienced construction injury lawyer. Anyone who’s been injured in a crane accident should seek this legal guidance as soon as possible in order to maximize your chances of receiving the financial compensation you deserve.
When Can You Sue For Construction Injuries?
In most workplaces, you’re not permitted to file a lawsuit after a work injury – even if coworker or employer negligence was to blame. However, construction work injuries are different. While you may not have the option to sue your employer or coworkers, there are other possible negligent third parties who can be held liable.
Construction sites are made up of workers with all types of employment classifications – including independent contractors, a variety of subcontractors, architects, engineers, and others. If your accident was caused by someone who doesn’t share the same employer with you, then you’ll likely have a strong case for a personal injury lawsuit.
A lawsuit can help provide financial support for both personal and financial setbacks related to the accident, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium for families
If you’re looking for answers following a crane accident, our Bronx construction injury lawyers want to help. We can offer you guidance and help you begin seeking justice today. Just get in touch with us for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights as an injured construction worker.